Californian Jeffrey Gottfurcht Is First Person With Rheumatoid Arthritis to Conquer Everest

As if climbing to the top of Mt. Everest weren't enough of an accomplishment, Jeffrey Gottfurcht made the feat even more incredible. On May 14, he became the first person with rheumatoid arthritis to reach the peak of the world's highest mountain. "I tried to make the climb last year but didn't make it," he said. "But this year I did it." The father of three, who lives in northern California, got to Nepal March 29 and reached the summit nearly seven weeks later. The trek was brutal and...Full Story
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